There's little doubt there'd be a few who disagree with Mike Allsop's approach to parenting. Encouraging your child to choose their wildest imaginable adventure and making it a reality would sound counterintuitive to many.

"I know there are probably people out there who reckon letting a 12-year-old girl go paddleboarding on a freezing lake in the Himalaya is a stupid thing to do, and I was well aware of the criticism I would get if anything went wrong," Allsop told the Weekend Herald in today's story.

Too right they would. But Allsop went ahead anyway.


"There will always be